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The Divergent Mending Wall In The Woods

1379 words - 6 pages

Robert Frost is one of the four great American poets. To many he is the the greatest poet to ever put pen to paper. His works carry much meaning by using simple illustrations. This paper will be an analysis of one of Frost’s earlier works, Mending Wall as well as one of his most famous works, The Road Not Taken. The main idea of both poems will be discussed and the characters will be analyzed. Along side of the analysis of both poems, there will be a short biography for the author Robert Frost.
Robert Frost was born in 1874 in california where he spent the first ten years of his life. When Robert’s father died in 1885, the surviving family moved to New England and that is where Frost lived ...view middle of the document...

This is one of Frost’s earlier works, published in 1914 and it is also one of his more popular works. The main conflict in this story is that this barrier between the two neighbors continually breaks down. In the first two lines of the poem, Frost blames nature for this occurrence. He says in lines one and two “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall That sends the frozen ground swell under it” this says that nature is most of the cause for why the wall continues to fall down. These first two lines, weather Frost intended for it or not, are directly derived from the second law of thermodynamics which states “The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems always evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium, a state with maximum entropy.” Or rather, things tend to become disorderly. The nature of the wall is to fall down, and it is up to man to make this not happen even though it is impossible.
In Mending Wall, the barrier represents more than just a physical wall between the two landowners, it also represents the emotional wall between them both. In the final line of the poem, the neighbor of the speaker says “Good fences make good neighbors”. He is talking about both the physical and the emotional fence between the two. Just as the fence determines whose land is whose and helps distance each man from the next, the emotional fence put up by everyone helps us distance ourselves from one another. If people were as emotionally connected to one another like a baby is to its mother, then everyone would get very sick of each other very quickly.
Both characters going out to fix the wall in the early spring creates another main idea from this poem, that relationships require both parties to participate in order to be successful. If only one farmer repaired his side of the wall and the other farmer did not, then the wall would ultimately fall into disrepair even though it is being kept up. Similarly, if only one person is making an effort in a relationship, the relationship as a whole will ultimately suffer.
There is not a whole lot of information about both characters in this poem but we do learn enough about them to draw some conclusions. First off, we know that both men farm, but do not own cattle or any other animals. Second, because of the nature of the wall (it is a stone wall) we can assume that the setting is in New England or the UK. Finally, we know this is in the countryside where there are few people, but also there are not many animals. The narrator of this story is excited for spring because he has been trapped inside for most of the winter. He says in line 27 that “spring is the...

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